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Take a healthy break at one of Australia’s Best Wellness Retreats

Sunset Yoga Image © Shutterstock: oOhyperblaster
Sunset Yoga Image © Shutterstock: oOhyperblaster

The guilt free goodness of a holiday that puts health first at one of Australia’s best Wellness Retreats might be just what the doctor ordered.

Research into wellness tourism indicates that more than just offering a stress free sojourn, a single week at a wellness retreat can lead to substantial and ongoing improvements in multiple dimensions of physical and mental health. 

While some wellness retreats focus on holistic health, other retreats offer programs centred around everything from weight-loss, detox and anti-ageing to meditation, stress relief and mental health counselling. So which wellness retreat is right for you?

Here we share our pick of the best wellness treats in Australia, whatever your physical, spiritual or emotional needs. 

Eden Health Retreat, Gold Coast, Queensland

Eden Health Retreat, nestled in an ancient valley known for its healing energy, is Australia’s longest-established health retreat. A tranquil five-star luxury residence offers individually tailored health programs designed to recalibrate, repair and restore mind and body.  The Eden experience helps guests find a sense of calm and balance through yoga, Pilates and qigong, natural therapies and immersive meditation. 

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast, Queensland

Awarded the World’s Best Eco Spa in the 2020 World Spa Awards, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, offer retreats from two to seven days. The retreat offers a transformative experience that encourages guests to re-evaluate their lifestyle and build habits that help to foster energy and calmness, through organic living, wellness learning and relaxation and superb organic cuisine.

Whitsunday Health & Wellness Retreats, The Whitsundays, Queensland

What could be more restorative than a wellness break overlooking the meditative blues of The Whitsundays. Located in the lavish Pepperberry House in Airlie Beach, guests of Whitsunday Health and Wellness Retreats can choose from two and four-day group retreats, couples retreats and private coaching. Their holistic health and wellbeing retreat programs are designed to create a sense of calmness, bring about clarity and inspire.

Prema Shanti Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Daintree, Queensland

Designed to bring guests closer to nature, Prema Shanti is idyllically located in the heart of two world heritage listed eco-systems; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park, two hours north of Cairns. The purpose-built, eco-friendly yoga and meditation retreat offers a one-of-a-kind yoga holiday with boutique accommodation, a yoga temple, meditation room and library, plus a wide range of holistic massage and spa treatments. Prema Shanti’s programmes run all year round at dates to suit your schedule.

Living Valley Springs Health Retreat, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay, New South Wales

One of Australia’s most awarded wellness retreats, intimate and elegant Gaia Retreat & Spa offers guests the freedom and flexibility to tailor and personalise their wellness experience.  The elevated, hinterland retreat offers a relaxed program of holistic wellness and spa activities, whether you are in search of an improvement in health or just looking for a time-out in a nurturing environment.

Billabong Retreat, Maraylya, New South Wales

Reduce stress and increase happiness through yoga, meditation, mindfulness and nutrition at Billabong Retreat, a healing space on the outskirts of Sydney created for guests to reconnect with nature and themselves. The inclusive Billabong experience includes themed workshops, twice daily yoga, evening meditations and delicious organic whole-food meals. They also offer optional massages, reiki and private consultations in yoga, meditation and naturopathy. 

Elysia Health Retreat and Spa, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Whether it is for a refreshing weekend break or a holistic week-long program, a stay at Elysia Wellness Retreat offers carefully tailored experiences to support you on the road to wellbeing. From nutrition advice, energising activities and fitness, to weight management and meditation for a clearer mind, the retreat offers a cornucopia of health and wellness activities to suit your personal goals.

Vipassana Meditation Centre, Blackheath, New South Wales

Whether it is for a refreshing weekend break or a holistic week-long program, a stay at Elysia Wellness Retreat offers carefully tailored experiences to support you on the road to wellbeing. From nutrition advice, energising activities and fitness, to weight management and meditation for a clearer mind, the retreat offers a cornucopia of health and wellness activities to suit your personal goals.

Happy Buddha retreats, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales

Re-balance, reconnect and reset in a private bushland setting in Wentworth Falls, just 90 minutes from Sydney. Happy Buddha Retreats runs affordable, twice-weekly wellness programs that focus on inner joy, women’s creative connection, intuitive wellbeing and stillness. All programs invite guests to disconnect from their hectic, technology driven lives and are inclusive of workshops, meals and twin-share accommodation.

Samadhi Spa and Wellness Retreat, Daylesford, Victoria

With a focus on strengthening your immune system, building resilience and empowerment, Samadhi Spa and Wellness Retreat helps you on the path to optimal health and wellbeing as they work through your physical, emotional and spiritual stresses. Their nurturing and transformational retreats are also available for those who can’t make it to Samadhi’s pretty Daylesford location.

Harmony Hill Health Retreat, Tasmania 

Suffering from depression or anxiety, experiencing digestive troubles or weight gain or serious illnesses such as early-stage cancer, eczema or allergies? Harmony Hill Health Retreat is a luxurious Ayurvedic health retreat located on a private bush property just outside Hobart. Detoxify and decompress from emotional and physical roadblocks at this exclusive place of rest and revitalisation.

This article provides general information only, and does not constitute health or medical advice. If you have any concerns regarding your health, seek immediate medical attention.

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